With the mostly unloved Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
set to get the official axe
in 2009, the path is clear for the next McLaren
to be unveiled. Expected to be built at its facility in Woking, England, McLaren
has plans for the as-yet-unnamed vehicle to compete with Ferrari's incredible F430
. Rumored to be powered by a 550-horsepower V8 engine featuring a basic design snagged from Mercedes
and built by Mahle (that of the former Cosworth tuning fame), the power-to-weight ratio should handily outdo that of the Prancing Horse. Shortly after the new coupe codenamed P11
is unveiled, a convertible version is also expected.
True hardcore McLaren enthusiasts should mark 2012 as the year that McLaren returns to form with a proper replacement
for its awe-inspiring F1 of a few years back. Powered by a lightweight version of the P11 architecture, this car codenamed the P12 is expected to be powered by a V10 engine with over 600 horsepower. The waiting list will likely start right... about... now.